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Feb 5, 2013 6:30pm PST
. i have to heat with coal. it is cheap and practical. >> and it is terrible for the environment. he is just one of hundreds of thousands of chinese in and around beijing who heat their homes with coal. the smoke from these fires contributes to china's infamous small -- smog. people here go for weeks without seeing the sun. the smell of sulfur lingers in the air and eyes burn from the irritants in the sky. >> the main cause is a tremendous reliance on coal mine in china. power plants burn coal to generate electricity. all of the industry here -- steel, cement, chemical plants -- they all use tremendous amounts of energy generated from burning coal. >> china burns almost as much coal as the rest of the world combined, and that is ruining the environment here. modern, clean coal plants like this one meet strict standards, but they are few and far between. >> local governments have always looked the other way. many power companies are also the largest tax payers for that region, and an important part of the local economy. politicians do not dare metal with their businesses. we have the
PBS
Feb 8, 2013 7:00pm PST
changing security environment. previous prime ministers said they did not think the constitution empowered them to give military help to an ally under attack. abe wants panel members to reexamine the question an figure out what situations would justify his sending that kind of help. panel members gave abe the recommendations they came up with five years ago. they said japanese leaders should change their interpretation of the constitution and help defend allies in certain circumstances. they said one justifiable action would be intercepting a missile heading for the united states. >>> air pollution in china has become so bad it's a health hazard. government officials in japan are worried about japanese nationals who live in chinese cities so they're sending a doctor to tell them how to protect themselves. the pollution has been hanging over eastern and inland areas since the beginning of last month. officials say they have seen a sharp rise in air born particles. some of those particles come from vehicle exhaust gases. japan's foreign minister says his staff are collecting information to h
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